CR No.488 of 2009 1 IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH CR No.488 of 2009 Date of decision: 29.1.2009 Mrs.Rekha Seth ......Petitioner Versus Vijay Kumar and another ......Respondent CORAM:- HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAKESH KUMAR GARG * * * Present: Mr. Amit Jhanji, Advocate for the petitioner. * * * Rakesh Kumar Garg, J.
This is defendant’s revision petition challenging the orders
dated 4.5.2006 and 28.8.2008 passed by the Civil Judge(Junior Division),
Gurgaon and Additional District Judge, Gurgaon respectively whereby the
application under Order 39 Rule 1 and 2 read with Section 151 CPC filed
by respondent (plaintiff) for ad interim injunction has been allowed and she
has been restrained from further alienating the suit property during the
pendency of the suit.
As per the averments made in the civil suit by the plaintiff-
respondent, the defendant-petitioner agreed to sell property in dispute for a
sum of Rs.68,01,370/- vide agreement dated 28.9.2004 and received a
sum of Rs.4 lacs as advance of the sale consideration. The case set up
by the plaintiff-respondent is that it was agreed that before execution of the
sale deed, the petitioner would pay the outstanding amount to Citi Bank
within 20 days after the petitioner get the original documents and No
Objection Certificate from Citi Bank and intimate the petitioner. It was
further stated that the plaintiff-respondent was always willing and ready to
perform his part of the agreement and the petitioner never cleared the dues
nor obtained the NOC from the Bank, therefore, the plaintiff-respondent
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had earlier filed a suit for permanent injunction wherein the respondent had
sought relief against the petitioner from alienating the suit property to any
other person and during the pendency of said suit, the petitioner objected
to the maintainability of the suit and submitted that as per the alleged
agreement, the material date for execution and registration of the sale deed
was 28.9.2004. Since, the date had expired, the suit is not maintainable in
view of the provisions of Section 41(h) of Specific Relief Act. Other
objections with regard to jurisdiction etc. were also taken. The suit was
amended by the plaintiff converting the same into suit for possession by
way of specific performance of the agreement. Along with the suit, the
plaintiff-respondent also filed an application under Order 39 Rules 1 and 2
read with Section 151 CPC for grant of ad interim injunction restraining the
defendant-petitioner from alienating the suit land.
The Civil Judge, Gurgaon, vide his order dated 4.5.2006 held
that the plaintiff was entitled to the grant of ad interim injunction restraining
the petitioner from further alienating the property so that the aggrieved
vendee may not be involved in protracted litigation.
Appeal filed by the petitioner against the aforesaid order of the
trial Court was also dismissed.
Learned counsel for the petitioner has vehemently argued that
initially the plaintiff-respondent had filed suit for permanent injunction
restraining the defendant-petitioner from alienating the property to any
other person instead of filing suit for specific performance of agreement to
sell but subsequently, sought an amendment with regard to the suit. Thus,
the amendment sought by the respondent was an afterthought and
therefore, he has failed to show the prima facie case in his favour and
thus, the orders of the Courts below are liable to be set aside.
I have heard learned counsel for the petitioner. However, I find
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no merit in the arguments.
It is an admitted case of the parties that initially the plaintiff-
respondent filed suit for permanent injunction. The petitioner has taken
objection to the maintainability of the same and thereafter, the plaintiff-
respondent was allowed to amend his plaint and convert his suit from
permanent injunction to suit for specific performance of the agreement to
sell in question. Once that is so, the objection raised by the petitioner that
the suit is not maintainable, is baseless. The Courts below have granted
ad interim injunction restraining the petitioner from further alienation of the
suit property in favour of the plaintiff-respondent on appreciation of the
facts and circumstances of the case. I do not find any ground to interfere
with the discretion exercised by the Courts below in granting the ad interim
injunction in favour of the plaintiff.
No merit. Dismissed.
January 29, 2009 (RAKESH KUMAR GARG) ps JUDGE